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Empowering Global-Minded Peacemakers Conference

Interfaith Leadership Lab and Social Justice Seminar

The Office of Global Peace and Spirituality at Westminster College is hosting the Empowering Global-Minded Peacemakers Conference March 29–30, 2019 in the Gore School of Business auditorium. This conference is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to engage in issues related to global peace and spirituality while having meaningful conversations about advancing the process of personal, community, national, and international peace.

The conference is sponsored by Interfaith Youth Core and BYU, and supported by the Westminster Student Diversity and Inclusion Center, the Westminster Dumke Center for Civic Engagement, Utah Valley University, Utah State University, Salt Lake Community College, BYU Idaho, and the University of Utah.

Email questions to globalpeaceandspirituality@westminstercollege.edu.


4–5:00 p.m. | On-site registration in the Gore auditorium atrium; student participants arrive

5–6:30 p.m. | Welcome, introductions, and The Drop Service Project with IFYC

  • Compassionate Listening to Understand Rather Than Hearing to Respond
  • Talking Better Together ice breaker with IFYC
  • The Drop International Interfaith Youth Service Project: meet, serve together, and mingle
6:30–7:30 p.m. | Unity dinner

8:30–11:15 a.m. | Morning session

Welcome and icebreakers with IFYC.

8:30–11:15 a.m. | Opening presentation: Why Interfaith and Peace Works

The interfaith movement is creating space for people of any belief system to come together to better understand the complexities and intersections of their identities. Framing religious identity with an intersectional framework allows us to develop peacemaking capacities that reflect our multi-identities as individuals. Sessions will include the intersections of individual differences, life experiences, group and social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, nationality, and disability), historically underrepresented groups, and groups with cultural, political, religious/spiritual, or other affiliations. Through a narrative sharing of experiences, we hope to create intentional dialogue around peace-building from various perspectives. Sharing of the new We Are Westminster campaign as a model for social justice education campaigns on campuses will be followed by small group conversations with facilitation by campus partners and allies from participating universities.

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. | Lunch: What Peace-building Looks Like Across Differences

Over lunch, you'll hear about making space for diverse identities, including faiths and beliefs, in conversations and sharing. Schools will share their unique campus experiences during a group activity.

1–3:00 p.m. | Breakout sessions

How do we empower global-minded peacemakers on our campuses? The topic of including both liberals and conservatives in conversations around social justice will be addressed during all breakouts. Conversations will focus on bridging the great divides of philosophy, beliefs, and passion; learning to listen to understand; taming emotions to allow for learning and sharing one’s own story; and moving forward.

  • Breakout 1: Skills for Building Interfaith Understanding and Social Justice Movements on Campuses
  • Breakout 2: Peace Building and Compassionate Conflict Resolution
  • Breakout 3: Bridging Interfaith Conflict Resolution on Campus and in the Classroom for Faculty and Staff with the IFYC Bridge Program

3–3:30 p.m. | Group photo and break

3:30 p.m.–4:15 p.m. | Table conversations for peace-building action plans on your campus

4–4:45 p.m. | Why Interfaith and Peacemaking Matter

4:45–5:00 p.m. | Closing remarks by keynote and wrap up


The registration fee is $25 per person with scholarships available.

Registering for the conference gives the Office of Global Peace and Spirituality permission to contact you about future events, updates, and newsletters.

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